Andrew Cunningham and Lee Hutchinson have spent a long time of their lives with Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s Wheel of Time books, they usually’re bringing that information to bear as they recap each episode of Amazon’s new WoT TV collection. These recaps will not cowl each component of each episode, however they may include main spoilers for the present and the ebook collection. If you wish to keep unspoiled and have not learn the books, these recaps aren’t for you.
New episodes of The Wheel of Time shall be posted to Amazon Prime subscribers each Friday.
And after that, we get a giant, month-long time skip—after which we’re off to Tar Valon!
Andrew: For book-readers, being in Tar Valon this early will drive residence simply how far off the map we now are, by way of adapting Eye of the World. A lot of our characters, significantly Rand and Mat and Egwene and Perrin, are all caught up in plots that truly aren’t too dissimilar from the ebook’s model of occasions. However we’re far, distant from Caemlyn, town that anchors these story beats in EotW, which implies we’re both skipping or delaying some main character introductions, and in addition that inter-Aes-Sedai scheming is an even bigger a part of the story.
I promise to not make this sort of pooh-poohing a behavior, however the present’s Tar Valon doesn’t actually match my headcanon look. I see no flowing Ogier masonry, no fluted bridges and connecting towers. The up-close pictures of town streets with their soiled white stonework seem like they have been borrowed from Minas Tirith in Return of the King. And the White Tower itself is an artless stump of half-melted wax—like in case you put the ebook’s model of the White Tower in a microwave and let it simply sort of… collapse on itself. If there’s an architectural antecedent to the design we see on display, it’d be one thing like Angkor Wat—besides with out the grace or magnificence. Sorry, Amazon, however the Shining Metropolis is a swing and a miss for me.
We’ve talked just a few occasions in regards to the variations in how the One Energy is depicted on this present, and I got here away from this episode mulling one thing that’s sort of separate from that but in addition sort of not? Every little thing we see about Warder tradition on this present is modeling an emotionally open and susceptible model of masculinity that’s actually protruding to me as a reader of the books. Most (if not all) of those males spend the books speaking about responsibility and self-sacrifice and the way they’re all too DANGEROUS to have associates or lovers. Nobody ever takes their childhood pal by the shoulder and simply asks how they’re holding up. Guide-Lan offers Nynaeve the Pee-Wee Herman “I’m a loner, Dottie, a rebel” speech just about verbatim.
However within the present we’re repeatedly seeing teams of males having emotionally mature conversations, and crying, and simply being there for one another? We briefly famous it last week, in that second the place Rand checks in on Mat as a result of he is fearful about him. I’m certain that that is going to piss off some component of the fandom, anybody who believes this affected machismo is one thing to emulate and never (because the books in the end depict it!!) a personality flaw. However I’ve discovered it strikingly refreshing.